April 1, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, 505/272-3679

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine program for the 12thconsecutive year in the latest issue ofU.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."

The magazine also ranks the School of Medicine seventh in Family Medicine, up from ninth place last year. This is the 16thconsecutive that the Family Medicine Program has placed in the top 10.

Additionally, UNM's Primary Care curriculum is ranked 25ththis year, a gain of two places over last year's 27thplace ranking. The 2006 " America 's Best Graduate Schools" issue will be on newsstands Monday, April 3.

All 125 medical schools and 19 schools of osteopathic medicine accredited in the United States were considered for this year's ranking. The schools were ranked according to selected measures of academic quality, including academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and the percentage of graduating physicians who go into the primary care specialties of family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.

For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center visitwww.hsc.unm.edu.